Posted by: Holocaust Denial Is Hate | July 25, 2009

Take Action!

Tell Facebook (and the media and government) what you think by taking action.  Under the “Take Action” tab there are sample emails and posts you can use as well as contact information for the appropriate sources.

Tell Facebook What You Think by explaining why Holocaust denial is hate.

Report a Facebook Group with anti-Semitic or anti-Israel content

Send an Activism Email to the Media informing them about the importance of this issue.

Send a message to advertisers telling them how their advertising is appearing aside hateful content.

Alert the government about these issues online and on Facebook.

Posted by: Holocaust Denial Is Hate | July 23, 2009

Articles of Interest

Check out the new “Articles of Interest” tab for these stories and more.

News Release from the Simon Wiesenthal Center about the use of Facebook and other Internet sites to promote hate and terrorism:

2009 News Releases

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A happier story from “O” magazine about a weight-loss group containing Palestinian and Israeli women working together for shared goals.  In my opinion a nice example of non-hateful Israeli and Palestinian content on the Internet.

On the Front Lines of Dieting

Posted by: Holocaust Denial Is Hate | July 22, 2009

Take Action

If you would like to take personal action on this issue click the Take Action tab at the top of the site for ways that you can involve government, media and public officials.

Posted by: Holocaust Denial Is Hate | July 21, 2009

An Academic Paper on Holocaust Denial on Facebook

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Anti-Semitism 2.0:

Hate and Holocaust Denial on Facebook

Columbia University

School of Social Work

Read the full paper until the tab “Anti-Semitism 2.0”

Introduction

The Holocaust, known as The Shoah in the Jewish community, was the attempted genocide of the Jews in Europe under the extremist Nazi regime.  They succeeded in murdering 12,000,000 people and 6,000,000 Jews, two thirds of the Jewish population of Europe.  In America, the ADL has identified a rising “wave of hate” against Jewish individuals, communities and places of worship (“Shooting,” 2009).  It seems almost taboo to discuss in modern American society, but a 2007 ADL poll identified that “15% of Americans, nearly 35 million adults, hold views about Jews that are ‘unquestionably anti-Semitic,’” a number that had previously been in decline (ADL survey, 2007).  Twenty percent of those polled said Jews have too much power in the business world, twenty-seven percent stated Jews were responsible for the death of Christ, and 31 percent believed that Jews were more loyal to Israel than the United States (ADL survey).

Receiving much national attention recently in regards to hate spread on the internet is social networking site Facebook.  The company has been under attack because of its allowance of Holocaust denial, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel groups.  Dr. Andre Oboler founded “Zionism on the Web” after he realized that a Google search of the term yielded almost entirely anti-Semitic results.  He also developed the term “Anti-Semitism 2.0,” which is defined as “the use of web applications…to spread a social acceptability of anti-Semitic attitudes and discourse” (Oboler, 2008).  It is an “attempt to make racism acceptable and perhaps even ‘cool,’ while also providing explanations to make those accepting the racist attitudes dismiss the arguments of people trying to correct them” (Oboler).  He charges that online anti-Semitism is “extremely dangerous.  Within five years it may be too late to reverse the social trend.  What starts online will not end online.  I would rank this as the most serious threat to Jewish people after a nuclear Iran and the Durban II ‘anti-racism’ Conference” (Oboler).

Facebook terms of service “are very clearly written: ‘You will not post content that is hateful, threatening, pornographic, or that contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence” (Matyszczyk, 2009) and “You will not use Facebook to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious or discriminatory” (Facebook).  Facebook’s defense for allowing groups such as “Holohoax” is that “Holocaust denial is not, in itself, hateful” (Matyszczyk).  Obama put it most eloquently, saying, “To this day, there are those who insist the Holocaust never happened.  This place is the ultimate rebuke to such thoughts, a reminder of our duty to confront those who would tell lies about our history” (“Obama,” 2009).  Advocacy practice states that “a condition is defined as a problem only when we decide something should be done about it” (Hoefer, 2006, p. 54).  This is a problem that must be addressed.

Posted by: Holocaust Denial Is Hate | July 20, 2009

Hello, Internet!

This site is in honor of my Advocacy project and devoted to removing hateful content on the internet, specifically anti-Semitic Holocaust denial on the social networking site Facebook.

You are welcome to use and reference the site.  If you do so, please tell me about it!  Feedback, comments and support are welcome.

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